Recognizing Animal Health Status: WOAH Encourages Safe Trade and Improves Livelihoods

WOAH grants official animal health status to five countries

The World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) offers a framework for its members to apply for official recognition of animal health status for six priority diseases. This recognition is essential to support national livestock economies, as it facilitates regional and international trade of animals and their products.

In 2024, five countries obtained official recognition for their animal health status. These achievements represent strong progress in the global fight against highly contagious livestock diseases. The official recognition of these statuses not only acknowledges the effective disease control, prevention, and early detection measures implemented by these countries but also enhances their access to regional and international markets.

Moreover, it is crucial to recognize the successful maintenance of the 385 already officially recognized animal health statuses and endorsed control programs. Members can also submit their official control programs for four diseases for WOAH’s assessment. In 2023, Zambia received the endorsement of its official control program for dog-mediated rabies, preceded by Namibia and the Philippines in 2022. This achievement is a significant step forward in combating a disease that still causes approximately 59,000 human deaths annually. These countries’ efforts contribute to the ‘Zero by 30’ global goal to eliminate human deaths from dog-mediated rabies by 2030.

The recognition of animal health status by WOAH not only highlights the achievements of individual countries in disease control but also plays a pivotal role in promoting safe trade of animal goods and improving the livelihoods of those dependent on the livestock sector.

It’s worth noting that this recognition has had a positive impact on global efforts towards eliminating highly contagious livestock diseases, as well as promoting sustainable agriculture practices that benefit both people and animals alike.

Furthermore, this recognition serves as an inspiration for other countries to follow suit and invest in better disease control measures and early detection systems that will ultimately lead to a safer world for both humans and animals.

Overall, the recognition of animal health status by WOAH is a significant milestone towards achieving sustainable agriculture practices that benefit all stakeholders involved.

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